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What would Jane Jacobs do?

What would Jane Jacobs do?

Strong Towns is furthering Jane Jacobs' legacy in a way that few other organizations are. If Jacobs' writing is your Bible, then Strong Towns should be your church.

Citizen Jane: Battle for the City

Citizen Jane: Battle for the City

Rachel Quednau interviews Matt Tyrnauer and Robert Hammond, directors of a new movie called Citizen Jane: Battle for the City.

Want Community? Build Walkability.

Want Community? Build Walkability.

Our neighborhoods and our cities would improve if more of us lived in places where “bumping into someone on the street” didn’t involve heavy traffic and a fender bender.  

Why Aren't Parks Open at Night?

Why Aren't Parks Open at Night?

There are a multitude of reasons why someone might want to be in a park after dark, and most of them are completely safe and reasonable. So why are most parks technically "closed" at night?

#UsedToBe Hightlights

#UsedToBe Hightlights

This week, we asked you to help us mourn the effects of urban renewal by sharing photographs of urban renewal sites in your city. We received close to 100 submissions from across North America. Here are some favorites.

Jane Jacobs, an urban ecologist

Jane Jacobs, an urban ecologist

Cities are complex ecosystems. For areas in need of redevelopment, the only way to return to a healthy urban fabric is incrementally, a few small projects a year until the neighborhood has buildings of every age and condition, suitable for adaptation to the particular needs of some future time.

The Body & Soul of Great Places

The Body & Soul of Great Places

What is it about the built environment of a historic downtown that makes it a good home for the small independent business but not as appealing to the national retailers? 

Import Replacement

Import Replacement

Many people associate Jacobs with a love of walkable neighborhoods, urban parks and historic buildings. What they fail to grasp is that these are means to an end, not the end itself. 

The Urban Planner's Oath

The Urban Planner's Oath

In honor of Jane Jacobs week, we are seeking to fill an intellectual void by providing an oath for urban planners.

End the Fed?

End the Fed?

Jane Jacobs was a courageous intellectual wanderer who truly knew no limits.

One House at a Time on St. Paul's East Side

One House at a Time on St. Paul's East Side

One historic home at a time, St. Paul, MN is demonstrating how a critical mass of Strong Citizens can be an incredible asset to a troubled area, and how local government can play a constructive role in the incremental revitalization of such an area.